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Poster: clashcity Date: Jan 17, 2014 6:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Some Phil questions

A friend of mine received this book as a gift and was thrilled with the contents.

http://www.dead.net/store/books/literature-biography/grateful-dead-gear-book

Not sure if it speaks to the pick or no pick approach to playing bass guitar though.

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Poster: philpacker Date: Jan 17, 2014 6:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Some Phil questions

Fingers vs pick is typically an issue of comfort and/or tone. I think Phil prefers the sharp, midrangey tone you get with a pick, although I recently saw a video of New Speedway Boogie circa '70 , where he was using his fingers. The differences in his instruments is pretty evident if you listen for it, primarily the Alembics of the '70's vs. the Modulus' of the '80's & '90's. Imo, his best tone was with the Ken Smith's he used in '90/'91, but the necks were comically wide and too hard to play.